ge·lat·i·nous | \jə-ˈlat-nəs, -ˈla-tə-nəs\

Definition of gelatinous 

1 : resembling gelatin or jelly : viscous a gelatinous precipitate

2 : of, relating to, or containing gelatin

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Other Words from gelatinous

gelatinously adverb
gelatinousness noun

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These patches are not solid masses; rather, they are mostly made up of microplastics that make the water cloudy and gelatinous. Radhika Viswanathan, Vox, "Why everyone is shunning plastic straws," 4 July 2018 These Shanghainese specialties get their moniker from the piping hot broth cleverly encased within, the result of a gelatinous soup that liquefies when heated. Jean Trinh, Los Angeles Magazine, "Boiled, Steamed, or Pan Fried? A Guide to Chinese Dumplings," 5 June 2018 The key discovery is this chemical process that makes electronics and sticks them on this really squishy, gelatinous material. Angela Chen, The Verge, "Why it’s so hard to develop the right material for brain implants," 30 May 2018 Similar to the method recently used in Italy, agarose blocks are gelatinous solvent blocks that release localized moisture to dissolve adhesive. National Geographic, "Tape Is Ruining Priceless Art. This New Gel Can Fix It.," 23 May 2018 Then, be sure to strain out any thick, gelatinous remains so all you're left with is the flavor. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "I Add Jam to Tons of Recipes, and You Should, Too," 11 May 2018 But trying to land a meaningful critique of a man who thrives on conflict and inconstancy is like throwing a pebble at a gelatinous cube. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Can Protest Art Get Its Mojo Back?," 7 May 2018 Now imagine the gelatinous brain itself, tethered inside the skull. Alex Prewitt,, "Hockey Players Are the Next Frontier in Head Trauma Research," 7 May 2018 Among the offerings: a large turkey leg, an alligator head and bowls of gelatinous agar that resemble consomme. Amina Khan,, "A search for some of Earth’s most extreme creatures in the West Coast's deepest underwater canyon," 20 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of gelatinous

1712, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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ge·lat·i·nous | \jə-ˈlat-nəs, -ˈla-tə-\

Kids Definition of gelatinous

: resembling gelatin or jelly The mushrooms had a gelatinous texture.


ge·lat·i·nous | \jə-ˈlat-nəs, -ᵊn-əs \

Medical Definition of gelatinous 

1 : resembling gelatin or jelly : viscous

2 : of, relating to, or containing gelatin

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